Keeping you Informed

Urgent Message from the President and Directors about Temporary Closure Due to COVID-19

From Paul Cherrey & Directors of WAAC: 

“Chatham- Kent Medical Officer has declared a local emergency to control the spread of COVID-19.  We feel it is important to do our part and help protect the health of our members, guests, volunteers and staff. 

As of March 17th, 2020 all programs, activities and functions at the centre will be suspended. ALL” activities including any offsite activities till further notices.

The Centre will be closed till further notice.  Depending on the information to come it is unclear when we will re-open, but we look forward to that time. “

Thank you for your understanding in this matter. 

Closed due to coronavirus

Never Lose a Piece

With the weather warming up, spending time in doors can be a bit boring. This is a great time to pull out a puzzle or two. But just near the end you find there is a missing piece. You search for hours to find that missing piece with no luck.

Well we found a wonderful website where you can piece together a beautiful picture while never having to worry about a missing piece again.

Just click on Daily Jigsaw Puzzes and have fun challenging yourself.

We hope you have fun on your lazy days.

Let the Wind Serenade You

The gentle breeze or a strong wind bring music to the ears of those who own wind chimes.  Anyone can buy a store bought one but if you have the patience and the tools why not try to make one that represents your household or your personality.  Today we bring you a wonderful opportunity to learn how to build your own wind chimes by Lee Hite.  Below the video we have Lee’s plans that can be viewed online or downloaded.  

Let the Wind Serenade you today.

Click here to Veiw or download DIY Wind Chime Sets Plans by Lee Hite

Visit Lee Hite website if you need more information. 

A Little Bit of Humour~~Part 4

Things are slowly opening up but we are still have to take precautions to keep safe. One thing we have going is nice weather is upon us. The birds are singing and the trees are blooming. Everyday is a good day to laugh so today we bring you the next part of our series of  “A Little Bit of Humour”.  Enjoy……..

Missing your Barber and Beauty Shop Appointments

When Self Isolation/Social Distancing Golf Meets Gardening.

When You Have Bingo Withdraws

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Cardio and Stretch With Debbie Part 1

We have another amazing Fitness Video from the  Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging to help us stay active at home. Below the video is information they want you to know.

Let us introduce you to Debbie.

“CCAA certified senior fitness instructor, Debbie, leads participants through a 30-minute easy-to-follow exercise routine that includes warm-up, low-impact cardio workout (no jumping), cool-down and stretching.”

Best Practices
Ensure that the exercise space in your home is a safe environment for movement, for example, your space is free of tripping hazards such as cords and scatter rugs.
Wear proper athletic footwear and comfortable clothing that allows you to move around freely.

Exercise at a moderate- to vigorous-intensity level. You should feel like the exercise is challenging but not so difficult that you can’t talk.

Aim for 10 to 30 minutes of cardiorespiratory exercise per day. Current recommendations state that older adults should perform 150 minutes of moderate-intensity cardiorespiratory exercise per week.

Any amount of cardiorespiratory activity is beneficial for heart health. However, when you exercise for longer periods and more consistently the functional benefits are more likely to be maintained or improved.

Don’t forget to review the disclaimer and if possible chat with your doctor before beginning any new exercise program.

Trivia Thursday May 21, 2020

Are you up for the Challange

This is the second addition to our new weekly series called Trivia Thursday.  There will be a list of trivia questions and a short story below that will have the answers hidden with in it.  We are doing something a bit different and posting the answers today in the comment section below.

Please feel free to leave comment and let us know how you did. . 

Ready…. Set… Go…..  Have Fun. 

  1. Which series had the characters Felix Unger and Oscar Madison?
  2. 1996 was the Chinese year of which creature?
  3. What year was the very first model of the iPhone released?
  4. Who is often called the father of the computer?
  5. How many molecules of oxygen does ozone have?
  6. How many parts (screws and bolts included) does the average car have?
  7. What was the name of the first established Canadian Team in the NBA (Hint: They were from Toronto)
  8. MuchMusic  won a Gemini award for its coverage of which federal election (Hint what year)?
  9. Between 1917 and 1921 what was prohibited in British Columbia?
  10. Where is the world’s smallest jail located?

An older horse name Bill Gates took a stroll through the fields near a place called Rodney, Ontario.  

Bill was a new arrival to the farm; it was his retirement package from hauling alcohol wagons.    When first he entered the fields, he was met by 3 not so polite Huskies, who teased him about his branding  

“1993….” they snickered  then barked in unison “What is that your age old man?”

With his head hung low he wandered down the path until he came across a young rat who was counting the number of daisies he could see “2006, 2007, 2008…..” 

“Hello there, I am Bill” the horse neighed to the little fellow

“Hey there, I am Charles, Charles Babbage but most just call me Chucky.  You are new here. How are you liking this place?” the young rat squeaked and scurried between Bill’s legs.

“It’s not a bad place but it seems like it 30,000 miles away from where I came from.”

“Where are you from?” Chucky looked up at Bill genuinely curious.  

“A small town called Petrolia, Ontario..” Bill spoke with a longing to return home.

Chucky started to laugh as Bill became self conscious of another joke at his expense.  Just then the young rat broke his self pity.  “Oh what a small world, you must have been in the trailer, I hitched a ride on. I am from there too.”  The two became great friends and were know as The Odd Couple on the farm.

Ask a Tech Geek~~May 20, 2020

Welcome to our next addition of Ask A Tech Geek.  This week we have a question that many are probable wondering about also. 

We have all heard terms like the cloudcloud computing, or cloud storage from our children, our friends or even on TV.   You look up into the sky and say what they are talking about.

What is The Cloud?

Simply put, the cloud is a part of the Internet. It is all the servers (larger computer hard drives) that hold our information and data.  The main reasons to use the cloud is its convenience and reliability to access information from anywhere at any time.  While it may seem like a foreign concept, you are probably already using many forms of the cloud.  Do you have Gmail, Yahoo mail, hotmail account or any type of emails? Guess what you are using the cloud.  You can access these accounts anywhere any time through the web either on your device or another.  When you send and receive emails, you are actually using a form of Cloud Computing because you are using the cloud to create and send emails.

 If you are on any form of Social Media (Facebook, Instagram, etc) you are on a cloud.  By uploading your photos or video’s, you are using the storage part of the cloud. By sharing them you are cloud computing. A few other well known Clouds is Drop Box, Google Cloud, and iCloud, they help you store your photos and files in a safe place. 

Since Cloud servers are not usually located in your region, and are backed up (stored) several areas your information is safe from any chances of a natural disaster, like fire, floods, or earthquakes etc. The photos of your grandchildren, children, weddings as well as documents that you hold dear are considered safe. Yet how safe are the clouds from hackers and virus. 

The clouds with private settings which means only you have access are considered almost impenetrable. They have a multitude of safety guards to help keep unwanted guest from entering your information.  For example Google photos, Google cloud iCloud and Dropbox’s privacy features allow you to keep all your information out of the sight of others. But you have to remember the information is only as safe as you keep it as well.  If you share your user name and password with anyone they have the opportunity to alter your information.

Facebook and Instagram safety features allows you to choose who sees your information and who you interact with but you must be careful of third party apps (Facebook games, trivia etc) that you allow to access to your account.  Depending on the permissions you give them, they could have access to every part of your account including your photos and profile.  

The cloud has become a part of our everyday digital life especially now with being sequestered and social distancing we are using the cloud to share information with family and friends.   Just remember you have control over what you share and with whom you share on the cloud.

Thanks to our website visitor for this excellent question. If you have a question you would like to have answered. Here are three ways you can.

  1. Leave a comment on this post,
  2. Use our  Send a Message page
  3. Email our Geek at techgeek@wallaceburgadultactivitycentre.ca

Till next time stay safe, stay healthy and most of all stay positive.

Your Resident Geek.

Balance With Kathy

We have a new segment of videos we will share from Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging to help us stay active at home. Below each video we will post the information they want you to know.

Today we introduce you to Kathy. “CCAA certified senior fitness instructor, Kathy, leads participants through basic balance training technique and tips followed by a variety of single-leg exercises with modifications to challenge balance at all levels of ability.”

Best Practices
Ensure that the exercise space in your home is a safe environment for movement, for example, your floor surface should be free of tripping hazards such as cords and scatter rugs.
Wear proper athletic footwear and comfortable clothing that allows you to move around freely.
Balance activities should be challenging and performed near a stable support such as a sturdy chair, wall, counter or railing.
Flexibility exercises (dynamic and static) should be performed at light-to moderate- intensities.Pain-free range-of-motion (dynamic) movements around joints should be performed at light intensities.
Moderately challenging static stretches can be held for 15-20 seconds (a slight pull should be felt in the muscle during lengthening).
Balance and flexibility sessions should each last a minium of 5 minutes.
Any amount of physical activity is beneficial, but the closer you get to daily integration of balance and flexibility activities the longer functional benefits are maintained and the more likely you are to see improvement in these areas.
Don’t forget to review the disclaimer and if possible chat with your doctor before beginning any new exercise program.

Government Incentives and Covid News for Seniors~~May 19th

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This will be a new segment to help you stay informed. We would first like to thank our readers and members for the suggestions to help keep everyone informed.

  

Ontario Reopens

With Ontario “reopening” there is confusion on what is actually happening.  Premiere Ford is starting the first phase of the economic rejuvenation,  allowing some non essential  business to open to help build the economy.  These business must adhered to social distancing and disinfecting  protocols. 

How does this effect us and Self Isolation? 

They are still asking those over 70 or who have underline health conditions to continue to self isolate during this first stages of reopening in Ontario, until they evaluate outcome of cases after the opening.  While Doug Ford has suggested that we may have to stay in self isolation mode till a vaccine is found, Barbara Yaffe,  the province’s associate chief medical officer of health, has an optimistic outlook.   

If all goes accordingly and the numbers of cases continue to drop there may be a chance of loosening up the restraints of self isolation for many of us.  When that happens we still have to maintain the social distancing protocols. 

At this time it is a wise idea that we maintain self isolation and if that is not possible, to take special care when we are out. Which includes, not gathering with anyone that does not live within our homes, maintaining physical distance, wearing a mask and keeping close tabs on our health.  

Resource information:   

 

Government Incentives

The Federal Government has announced one-time, tax-free payment of $300, for Old Age Security recipients, while those eligible for the Guaranteed Income Supplement will receive an additional $200.  They have not given any information on when this will occur, so keep an eye on your bank accounts or your mailbox.  We will keep you informed as we uncover more information.

 

Covid Tidbit of Information

Another interesting tidbit of information that member shared with us.  Many car insurance companies are offering a 15% rebate for three months.  Contact your Insurance broker today or check out this article which list and see what your Insurance company has to offer.  What emergency relief will insurers offer customers? Here’s what they told us

 

We hope this information is helpful. If you have any questions about what is posted here or would like additional information added to our next segment please leave a comment below or click here to send  us a message

 

 

 

Happy Victoria Day.

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Many ask, Why do we celebrate Victoria Day? Queen Victoria is considered the Mother of  Confederation so we celebrate the birth of this historical woman.

For most us, it is informally considered the beginning of the Summer Season as well as planting season.  So to all of you, today we want to say. Happy Victoria Day.  May you have a wonderful day and we hope you enjoy the fireworks display from Wallaceburg we found to share with you. 

 

 

Isolation Cooking (Easy Rhubarb Jam/Preserve)

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Rhubarb harvest is strong this year.  Many are looking for different recipes to try while we continue our self distancing.  This was sent to us, it is a easy Rhubarb Jam/Preserve that should be a taste treat for anyone. 

*AT THE END OF THE RECIPE IS A LINK TO A DOWNLOADABLE PDF FILE TO SAVE OR PRINT AND ADD TO YOUR COLLECTION.

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 pounds fresh rhubarb, chopped
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons grated orange zest (grated orange peel)
  • 1/3 cup orange juice 
  • 1/2 cup water

Directions

  1. In a saucepan, combine the rhubarb, sugar, orange zest, orange juice and water. Bring to a boil, then cook over medium-low heat for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until thick. It will thicken more as it cools.
  2. Ladle into hot sterile jars, and seal with lids and rings. Store opened jars in the refrigerator.

Easy Rhubarb Jam

A Little Bit of Humour~~Part 3

Today will be 60 days since the WAAC closed and major moves towards self distancing began. Fortunately, the first long weekend of the summer is upon us and things are slowly opening up again.  Garden centres, nurseries and greenhouses are putting on a spectacular display. We must continue to be cautious yet it does not mean we can not have a good laugh. So here is the next part of our series of  “A Little Bit of Humour”.  Enjoy……..

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https://www.timescolonist.com/opinion/adrian-raeside-cartoon-the-art-of-social-distancing-1.24113881

 

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https://www.thespec.com/opinion/editorial-cartoon/2020/05/01/editorial-cartoon-for-may-1.html

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https://www.burnabynow.com/adrian-raeside-cartoon-adventures-at-home-1.24116661

This next one is for all the golfer……..

 

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http://teetimes.info/golf-cartoon-275/

Trivia Thursday~~May 14th 2020

 

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Today we starting a new weekly series called Trivia Thursday.  There will be a list of trivia questions and a short story below that will have the answers hidden with in it.  On the following Monday we will post the answers in the comment section below but please feel free to leave a comment if you think you figured it out. 

Ready…. Set… Go…..  Have Fun. 

 

  1. Andy Warhol/’s 60s exhibition featured cans of which product?
  2. Canada is a bilingual country, but what is the only officially bilingual province?
  3. What are Canada’s national sports? (Hint there are 2)?
  4. Which George invented the Kodak roll-film camera?
  5. Where is the multinational Nestle based?
  6. What year did the Beatles officially disband?
  7. Which blood type is known as the universal donor?
  8. Which actress, whose career spanned from the 30s to the 80s, has won the most Academy Awards?
  9. Which actor had a Doberman Pinscher called Kirk?
  10. Canada’s famous ice hotel is in which province?

 

 

One January, morning Tom and Shawn were out walking, through a quaint town in Quebec, admiring the snowy world around them.  They started to talk about the good old day and wondered if Katharine Hepburn were alive today would she consider staring in a role with William Shatner.  

They came upon a restaurant and agreed it would be nice to stop and warm up for a bit. While grabbing a cup of coffee, they heard that the soup of the day was cream of broccoli. How could they resist. 

While conversing, the subject of a travel bucket list came up. Oh how they both long to go to Switzerland and agreed that New Brunswick’s unique beauty is awe inspiring for their common interest in photography.

Then the conversation turned to sports. While Tom played hockey, Shawn loved lacrosse yet for baseball they both cheered for the Blue Jays.

 It surprised them at how fast time had flown and they both wanted to donate blood.  They laughed at how Shawn was a giving person with O Negative blood but Tom was considered selfish with AB Negative blood.  They decided to wave down a taxi to take them to the blood donor clinic.  “1971 Eastman” they chirped simultaneously to the taxi driver.  Away they went leaving behind the answers to the trivia questions above.  

 ***Reminder Answers to the trivia questions above are posted  the comment section below.

 

Ask A Tech Geek May 13, 2020

Welcome to our next addition of Ask A Geek.  This week we have two questions that many are probable wondering about also. 

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With the new versions of iOS (Apple) operating systems, mail apps have different functions depending on age and type of Apple product you are using.

With everything going digital, we tend to accumulate a significant amount of emails.  If you are using two different devices you may find one does not delete the mail you have deleted on another device or you just do not need all that email on one or the other device. So the question arises..

How do you delete or move several or all your emails at one time? 

With newer Apple products the mail apps make it easy to delete or move all your mail at once.

With just a few easy steps you can delete, move emails at one time or a bulk of selected emails. 

  • Go to your inbox. (If you have more than one email account double check that you have the right inbox associated with the account for the emails you like to delete or move)  
  • In the top right hand corner of the inbox folder Tap Edit.
  •  Tap Select All  in the top left hand corner of the inbox folder. This select all messages
  • To select a group of messages instead of all of them tap the circle beside each desired message or deselect the few messages you like to keep.**Selected messages circles will turn blue with a check mark deselected messages circles will be empty. 
  • Down in the bottom of the folder you will see Mark,  Move and Trash these are called actions. Mark– gives you the option to flag your messages for importance, Mark as Read or Unread and option to Move to Junk.
    • Move- give you the option to move them to a folder
    • Trash – give you the option to delete them (just remember you must Empty your trash for full deletion) **
      • To empty Trash you follow the same steps as above but for the Trash folder and you will see Delete instead of Trash

Now you are ready to  Delete, Move or Mark you emails as you desire. Unfortunately it not as easy for older versions of the Mail App.

Below are visuals of what you may see. Just click on the photo to enlarge.

 

For older models those some of those functions are not available however there is a work around to help delete all emails. 

  • go to the Inbox
  • Tap on the Edit button
  • select the first email so it now has a check mark beside it
  • with one finger press on the Move
    and another finger press the first email again to deselect it while still pressing Move 
  • Remove all your fingers from the screen and WAIT (if you have a significant amount  of emails, your device may/will appear to be frozen for a couple of minutes)
  • Now you will be asks where to Move the selected messages
  • Tap on the TrashWAIT  (if you have a lot of emails, this will time sometime)
  • Open your  Trash folder, You should see all your emails there
  •  Select Edit.
  • Tap Delete All 

Tada your messages have disappeared.

 

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With the government regulations for social distancing, we are now relying on the digital world to get us through.

With the signing of contracts some are asking:

Is there an easier way to sign documents to send in emails? 

For some having to print, sign, scan and send seems like such a waste of time. There are apps out there that allow you to do a digital signature.  A couple notes of importance, these apps have a fee and your signature sits in a cloud until you need it.  The major names like Adobe or Docusign are fairly safe to use. 

If intend on going this route, I would recommend researching an app before using  or purchasing it.  When researching make sure you look for any hidden clauses that may have you paying more then you expected or put restrictions on how you safe guard your identity . 

As a Geek, I still take the safe way and print, sign, scan and send. That way I know that may signature and my identity is safe.   

Thanks to our website visitors for these excellent questions. If you have a question you would like to have answered. Here are three ways you can.

  1. Leave a comment on this post,
  2. Use our  Send a Message page
  3. Email our Geek at techgeek@wallaceburgadultactivitycentre.ca

Till next time stay safe, stay healthy and most of all stay positive.

Your Resident Geek.

Take Some Time to Relax

Are you feeling tense or anxious? Need to find your centre and relaxation.  This excellent video from the Toronto Rehab’s Leap program (“Living Engaged and Actively with Pain.”) team members of the Chronic Pain Service will definitely help bring you peace and relaxation. Take a deep breath and begin to feel the tension melt away.

Isolation Cooking (Lemon Loaf)

One of our members was gracious to share their family’s Lemon Loaf recipe.  We hope that you enjoy it.

This recipe has been handed down through 4 generations or more with each generation tweaking it a bit here and there for the times.   We hope you will enjoy it.

**At the end of the recipe is a link to a downloadable PDF file to save or print and add to your collection.

Lemon loaf

Lemon Loaf

Prep:

Line your pan with wax paper and grease both the bottom and the sides

Preheat oven to 350 F

Ingredients

½ cup shortening or butter

1 cup of sugar

2 eggs

½ cup of milk

1 ½ cup of sifted flour (pastry cake flour is the best if you do not have it  add two tablespoons of cornstarch to all purpose flour)

½ tsp salt

1 tsp baking powder

¼ cup of chopped nuts or poppy seeds (Optional)

The rind and juice of one large lemon

¼ to ½ cup of sugar depending on how sweet you want the top

Directions:

Cream shortening, add sugar and egg. Add sifted flour salt and baking powder alternately with milk

Add chopped nuts or poppy seeds and lemon rind. If you are using Poppy seeds keep a bit and sprinkle it on the top before baking.

Pour into greased loaf pan and bake at 350F for about 1 hour and 20 minutes or until done

While the loaf is baking dissolve the ¼ cup to ½ cup of sugar in the lemon juice to use later

As soon as you take the loaf out of the oven, pour the the lemon and sugar mixture and baste it. I pour a about half on and brush it with a pastry brush then repeat with the other half.  Remove the loaf from the pan immediately afterwards.

Let cool on rack or serve warm.

Lemon Loaf Recipe

AT HOME SENIOR FITNESS With Steve Bottrill ~~ Week 3

Another week and more amazing fitness programs from Steve Bottrill, Chatham-Kent VON Manager, helping us keep fit while we are sequestered. He will positively make sure you stretch muscles while breathing properly. So grab a chair and lets get fit together on. Remember we are all in this together so stay safe, stay healthy and most of all stay positive.

Slow Moving Chair Yoga Part 1

Slow Moving Chair Yoga Part 2

Gentle Standing Aerobics Workout Part 1

Gentle Aerobics Workout Part 2

Shen Yun~~ What is Classical Chinese Dance.

It was very disappointing that we were not able to attend the Shen Yun Production with our bus trips due to these extraordinary times. We have found two wonderful presentations “What is Classical Chinese Dance” and “Classical Chinese Dance Techniques and Combinations Showcase” from the official Shen Yun account, we hope you will enjoy.

While it is not the show, these videos portray some amazing dance techniques and interviews a few of the dancers as well as a few clips of the beauty of their performance.

Hopefully in the future there will be another opportunity for us to offer a trip to see this magnificent dancers perform in person.

Until then Stay Safe, Stay Healthy but most of all Stay positive.